There will be a twinkle in the sky and magic in the air during St. Jacobs Sparkles! This much-anticipated 4-day celebration is ON NOW and ushers in the holiday shopping season in the village of St. Jacobs on November 15,16,17,18, 2018.
Shopkeepers will be busy as elves preparing festive samples, promotions, in-store sales and contests! They're rolling out the red carpet and keeping their doors open late so you can enjoy shopping amongst 1000s of twinkling lights in this pretty village.
There will be lots free activities along the streets, so read on for all details! Feeling hungry? Reserve a seat in one of the village's restaurants or enjoy a treat from an outdoor food vendor.
Come join in the festivity with friends and neighbours, and put the joy back in holiday shopping at St. Jacobs Sparkles! Schedule details below:
Event: St. Jacobs Sparkles
Thursday - Sunday, November 15 - 18, 2018
Location: Village of St. Jacobs
Thursday and Friday 10 am- 9 pm
Saturday 10 am - 6 pm; Sunday 12 - 6 pm
FREE Activities - Out & About downtown St. Jacobs
A visit with Santa
Kids! Say hello to Santa at his hut outside Toy Soup
• Saturday 1:30 - 4 pm • Sunday 1:30 - 4 pm
NEW! FREE Winter Wonderland SelfieWall/Photo Booth
We've created a magical setting just for fun! Drop in, have your picture taken for FREE by our friends at Gemini Modelling; share using #stjacobssparkles2018. Inside the Mill at 1441 King St., enter off King Street next to Eco Cafe.
• Thursday & Friday 2 - 9 pm
• Saturday 11 am - 6 pm • Sunday 11 am - 6 pm
NEW! Free Draw for Prize Baskets!
Enter a free draw to WIN one of 3 amazing prizes
from St. Jacobs businesses! Enter ballot at
photo booth, or at Eco Cafe next door, Thursday - Sunday only.
Contest details on site.
Victorian Carolers wandering along the streets
• Thursday 5 - 8 pm • Friday 12:30 - 3: 30, 4 - 7 pm
• Saturday 2 - 5 pm • Sunday 1:30 - 4:30
Horse-drawn trolley rides
• Thursday 4:30 - 8:30 pm • Friday 4:00 - 8:00 pm
• Saturday 1 - 5 pm (note: the shuttle does not operate on Sunday)
Tree-lighting & Welcome
See the lighting of the Christmas tree; hear choral singing
and welcome remarks
• Thursday 6:30 pm, St James Lutheran Church
Burn Barrel and Weiner Roast
Enjoy hot sweet apple cider plus charity hotdog & marshmallow roast at the Mill, while quantities last. Hosted by Volunteer Fire Dept, St. Jacobs division (donations welcomed)
• Thursday 6 pm • Friday 6 pm
Luxury LimoCoach Shuttle by Brentwood Livery
Park free at Calvary United Church, 48 Hawkesville Road, then ride downtown in style. Operates route at approx 15 min intervals:
• Thursday 4:45 - 9 pm • Friday 4:45 - 9 pm
NEW! Carol Sing at Red Coral "Jingle on the Square"
Join in a carol sing, enjoy a hot chocolate bar and popcorn;
enter a draw for a decorative urn! Hosted by "StuffIn Stockings" charity
• Thursday, Friday 7 - 9 pm • Saturday 1 - 6 pm
Where to Park Free
• All day free parking, Municipal P lot, Albert Street
• Thursday & Friday evening 5-9 pm, park FREE at Calvary United Church and take FREE luxury LimoCoach to downtown (~1 km)
Outdoor Food Booths
Beaver Tails Food Truck at Shadetree
• Thursday 4 - 9 p.m. • Friday 4 - 9 p.m.
• Saturday 10 a.m. - 6 • Sunday 12 - 6 p.m.
Stone Crock Outdoor Food Booth
• Thursday 5 - 9 p.m. • Friday 5 - 9 p.m. at Stone Crock porch
Other Food & Drink Events
Block Three Brewing Company
Enjoy free tastings of local craft beer. Also serving house-made Ginger Ale (non-alcoholic).
Brewery and tasting room hours:
• Thursday - Saturday 11 am - 9 pm • Sunday 11 am - 6 pm
Live Music at Block Three Brewing Company
• Thursday 5:30 - 8:30 pm with Safe as Houses. Food for purchase by Those Pizza Guys
• Friday 5:30 - 8:30 pm with Monday Morning Whiskey
• Saturday 5:30 -8:30 pm with Max Gumption
In-store Specials and Offers
Check this page often for updates!
The Farm Pantry
Samples by a visiting Canadian chocolatier. Chocolate that is dairy, nut, gluten, soy preservative and additive-free!
• Thursday approx 2 - 5 pm
Also sampling of various local gourmet dips and condiments & local maple syrup, throughout the entire event.
Hybrid Hair & Detox Spa, "Sparkle for your Soul"
• Thursday November 15, 6 p.m.
An evening of self care including Yoga, meditation, readings, Reiki and scalp massage, wash & styles. Ticketed event; limited space.
Click here to request more details and reserve your ticket.
A Gift To Remember
Lang & Pineridge Wall Calendars $18.00
Blowout on Framed Pictures up to 60% Off the regular price.
Lots of sales throughout the store for 30 to 60% off the regular price.
FYi Doctors, Free Draw
Enter a draw for a chance to Win non RX sunglasses!
Plus, get 15% OFF any prescription eyeglasses purchased during Sparkles (Maui Jim's excluded. Details in store)
Red Wind Studio
Stencil your own Christmas pillow!
• Saturday 2 - 5 pm (or while supplies last)
Plus! A pop-up shop in the studio featuring Paper & Sunshine, specializing in signs;
special pricing on many items including BOGO deals
• Thursday - Sunday
St. Jacobs Post Office (Canada Post)
Visit the PO and drop your letter into Santa's "direct-to-the-North Pole" mailbox!
• Friday only, until 9 pm
Get social! See the event on the St. Jacobs Village Shops Facebook page; follow and post your images using #stjacobssparkles2018 and tag a friend or two!
Note: This event sponsored by St. Jacobs BIA, St. Jacobs Country, and participating merchants. All scheduled activity times are approximate at this time and may be subject to change in case of severe weather.
by Drayton Entertainment
Go “under the sea” this summer as the blockbuster musical Disney’s The Little Mermaid comes to St. Jacobs Country Playhouse from July 18 to August 4. This aquatic adventure is sure to entertain guppies of all ages with its splash-tacular cast of familiar characters like Princess Ariel, Price Eric, Sebastian the crab, Flounder the fish, Scuttle the seagull, and more.
Colourful costumes, dazzling dancing and unforgettable songs including “Part of Your World,” “Under the Sea,” “Kiss the Girl,” and many more, means a stop at the theatre should be part of your St. Jacobs experience.
Whether you’re planning a day trip or a weekend getaway, a visit to the St. Jacobs Country Playhouse is a must. Explore the famous St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market, do some shopping in the village, enjoy a delicious local meal and experience live, professional theatre all in the same charming area. With plush seats, beautiful acoustics, terrific sightlines and free parking, the St. Jacobs Country Playhouse offers top quality musicals and comedies all for one affordable price – only $46 plus tax per ticket. Plus, kids under 20 are only $27 plus tax, so the family can enjoy live entertainment together without breaking the bank.
Click here to take a virtual tour of the St. Jacobs Country Playhouse!
The 2018 Season at the St. Jacobs Country Playhouse also includes: the romantic comedy The Rainmaker (June 20 – July 7), Disney's The Little Mermaid (July 18 – Aug 4), the British farce Out of Order (Aug 15 – Sept 1), the Canadian premiere of Ghost: The Musical (Oct 3 – Oct 21) and the holiday musical panto Jack and the Beanstalk (Nov 28 – Dec 30). For more information about Disney’s The Little Mermaid or the 2018 Season in general, click here.
It was 1979 when Milo Shantz, the visionary behind the redevelopment of downtown St. Jacobs, approached Conestoga River Pottery’s Phil Yordy. Recognizing Phil as a talented potter, Milo offered him an opportunity to develop a pottery studio in St. Jacobs. Fortunately for the village, the rest is history and Conestoga River Pottery has been creating high-end, handmade pottery in the village for 38 years.
As one of the original artisans in the Village Silos, Phil continues to make over 100 unique functional pottery items ranging from tableware to teapots. Conestoga River Pottery offers a wide variety of work in style, shape, and colour, with many different glaze finishes. Phil’s pottery is sold in complementary sets and as individual pieces.
With the kiln, potters wheel and bisque room all onsite, you can see new unique pottery items in production all year-round. We welcome you to visit Conestoga River Pottery located in the historic silos in downtown St. Jacobs.
Timber Barn, St. Jacobs
Trends are evolving quickly and nowadays we are all about pushing the limits and taking bigger risks in our kitchens. Not only do we live in our kitchen but we also invite guests into this space, giving us an opportunity reflect both our life and design style. Here's a look at what's trending in kitchens right now.
1. Tuxedo Kitchen Cabinets
Expect to see a rise in two-toned kitchens, or tuxedo kitchens, the combination of mixing dark and light cabinetry by engaging monochromatic colour-blocking. The timeless simplicity of this style appeals to a variation of designers with it’s high contrast fixture and accessory opportunities.
2. Hidden Appliances
You may have to look twice to find the dishwasher as appliances are now integrated into seamless cabinetry to maintain a consistent style and texture.
3. Cast Iron Apron-Front Sinks
Though commonly associated with farmhouse or vintage spaces, cast iron sinks with a front apron extension are finding themselves in a variety of interior styles offering their colour opportunities and shape variations. Cast Iron sinks are known for their appealing enamel coating with long lasting durability.
4. Consider Grey
Grey is creeping up on white to offer an alternative to the ever-popular white palette. It has become complimentary to a two-tone approach which can contrast richly stained wood and light cabinetry.
5. Technology Efficiency
Kitchens in the 21st century offer many different gadgets and integrations for maximum use and storage capacity. Opportunities range from hydraulic cabinets, double layered drawer storage, and appliances controlled with your smartphone.
These five items are only the beginning. The Timber Barn in downtown St. Jacobs displays a high-profile kitchen showroom with professional designers onsite. Book an appointment today to meet with a designer and see for yourself how timber tells a story.
The Timber Barn serves the Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, Guelph, and greater Toronto area. Its showroom is open daily in St.Jacobs. Enter from either King Street across from the Stone Crock Bakery or from Spring Street.
ECO CAFE submitted by Edward Denyer
Down in the heart of St Jacobs, EcoCafe Village Roasters is providing our visitors with a unique coffee experience. We source a wide variety of coffee origins and custom roast them to coax out the very best they have to offer. Whether you like subtle and fruity, deep and chocolate or dark and bold flavours, we have the ability to create that perfect mix to suit your palate.
Our coffee offering is ample and covers many if not most of the coffee producing countries. We specialize in certified coffees, whether Fair Trade or Rainforest Alliance, as well as a variety of Direct Trade options. Each one of these options provides choices to our consumer which satisfy their social and ethical beliefs.
Every coffee we purchase is sample roasted in multiple roast profiles and then cupped in order to determine which of these profiles brings out the most taste and enhances it's natural characteristics. For each profile we use computer automation in order to have a catalog of how the roast was created, as well as to be able to replicate the result using any of our current roasters, thus recreating that perfect result on any given day and for any volume requested. We then take these samples and run them through their paces using a standard scoring methodology, we grade them on their chatacteristics and contents, such as aroma, fragrance, acidity, body, balance and cup quality. The resulting score then is catalogued and stored so we can use the information to compare to others, to create our cupping notes and to determine which coffee we can use to complement one another in our blends.
We have many varieties of coffee, from standard conventional types which provide a backbone for our unique blends, to unique specialty grade cultivars which are limited in quantity and difficult to procure due to the small quantities produced. One such cultivar we recently sourced is from a small estate in Costa Rica by the name of La Candelilla. They are what is considered a micromill and they cultivate and mill all of their coffee on the estate, thus guaranteeing the excellence of their product. This variety is called SL28, and although it's not the sexiest of names, the coffee is in an atmosphere of its own. It acquired it's name from the entity which created it, Scott Labs in Kenya. In the 1930s they crossbred the traditional Bourbon coffee with a Tanganyika strain from Ethiopia, looking to produce a more resistance plant which would give higher yields, and although neither of those goals were achieved, they did unexpectedly create a plant with the highest of quality instead.
In the early 2000, looking for ways to differentiate themselves, La Candelilla procured some seeds and started growing the SL28 cultivar in Central America. And although they have small holdings and their yields are limited, they have achieved a unique and exquisite bean which is only available through auctions and in small quantity. It is due to these circumstances that this coffee is priced considerably higher that others we carry. Having said that, if you are a true connoisseur of fine items, this is a unique opportunity to try something most will rarely encounter.
Come see us and have a look into our window and experience the world of specialty coffee